MUTP-3 to kick off soon
the third phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) — was set in motion on Monday with Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) calling for engineering design for three major components. These are the construction of two more lines between Virar and Dahanu, the creation of a two-line suburban corridor between Panvel and Karjat and a 4km elevated two-line corridor between Airoli and Kalwa.
The MRVC has asked firms to come forward with detailed engineering designs as well as project management consultancy for the three works by December. Railway officials said that a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) — a World Bank group institution — for MUTP phase 3 was being processed.
First trials of Medha rake completed
The indigenously built Medha EMU rake has completed its first round of trials and after a few more rounds may be inducted into Western Railway (WR), sources told TOI on Wednesday .
A senior WR official said, “The rake, which is the first of its kind with completely indigenous electrical systems, will be a game-changer for the railways.”
Manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory , Chennai, the rake has Indian-made electrical traction motors and train control mechanisms. It has in-built systems to save power consumption, minimize breakdowns during travel and also correct any technical fault on the spot.
Bandra-Khar to get new Rs 36-cr ROB
n an attempt to improve the efficiency of its suburban services, the Western Railway (WR) has planned to demolish the existing Rail Over Bridge (ROB) between Khar and Bandra.
This demolition is part of the multi-crore plan to add two more rail lines — fifth and sixth — between Borivli and Mumbai Central to facilitate long-distance trains. Sources from WR claimed the authorities want to demolish the existing ROB, which runs for almost 500 m, and replace it with a better one.
This project is worth Rs 36 crore. They added the old bridge would be demolished once the new ROB is commissioned. Confirming the development, Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), WR, said, “It [old ROB] will be replaced by a new bridge between the two stations.”
A senior officer from WR claimed that the construction of the new bridge is likely to commence in the next two months and take at least two years for completion. He added that the new bridge would be constructed 50 metres away from the existing one, closer to Khar, without changing the alignment.